Gerald Ronson: behind the story

January 5, 2012

Property tycoon Gerald Ronson, 72, who has raised more than £100m for charity, has come under fire for his CBE – because of his conviction for false accounting 22 years ago. He was one of four convicted in the Guinness share-trading scandal over its takeover of Scottish company, Distillers.


Housing body wins planning battle against Hackney Council

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

A strictly Orthodox Housing Association has won a battle against Hackney Council to build 13 new homes in Stamford Hill.

Agudas Israel's chief executive Ita Symons said they had plans turned down twice by Hackney councillors to develop the site of the former Persian Synagogue. Construction on 13 new family homes will begin in East Bank, behind Ajex House, in January.


Developer defying council appeal to save 'Mother Levy's' buildings

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Housing developer Peabody will defy a Tower Hamlets Council plea not to demolish the former Jewish Maternity Hospital in Tower Hamlets - and will tear down the premises this month.

On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously for Mayor Lutfur Rahman to start urgent negotiations with Peabody.


Slump is boon to building

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2011

The slump in the property development market is enabling a £1 million scheme to revamp Jewish youth facilities in Leeds to begin within months, earlier than organisers anticipated.


Looking for a property deal? Try Facebook

By Candice Krieger, November 24, 2011

Ignore social media at your peril. Such a warning is sounded by Michael Raibin of niche property firm, Hatton Real Estate.

Earlier this year the young company, nominated for the Estates Gazette's Business Launch of the Year, became what is believed to be the first UK agency to execute a commercial property deal via Facebook.


Who's buying into Germany?

By Candice Krieger, November 10, 2011

An increasing number of Jewish investors are putting their faith - and cash - into Germany.

According to David Kaye, commercial director at leading investment-banking group Shore Capital plc, which reported a pre-tax profit of £4.3 million for the first half of the year, Israelis in particular are playing a more prominent role when it comes to investing in Germany.


West Bank Efrat ad rapped by ASA

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an advert by an Israeli property firm for suggesting that a development in the West Bank town of Efrat was in Israel.

The watchdog said that the advert, which was placed by the Israel Lease and Acquisition Network (ILAN) in the JC in June, was "misleading".

ILAN's advert did not explicitly state that the development was in Is


North Manchester councils back eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The north Manchester eruv has gained planning permission in two of the three boroughs covered by its boundaries.

Bury Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of its part of the 13-mile eruv, comprised mainly of existing fences, which will allow observant Orthodox Jews in Bury, Salford and Manchester to carry items and push buggies and wheelchairs on Shabbat.


Radlett renewal gets council green light

By Jay Grenby, October 11, 2011

Hertsmere Council's planning committee has unanimously approved Radlett Synagogue's Project Renewal, a £1.75 million rebuilding and refurbishment scheme.

Described by Radlett board member Paul Krisman as "an affordable and realistic plan for regeneration", it replaces a number of earlier and more ambitious proposals, downgraded in part as a consequence of the economic downturn.


Manchester homes rethink

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 6, 2011

An urban regeneration developer has called for additional last-minute consultations with Manchester families after altering plans for a major Salford housing scheme to attract Jewish residents.

Countryside Properties has scheduled two days of extra consultations next Monday and Tuesday at Salford's Broughton Hub before applying for planning permission for 80 family homes on the site of demolish